Sunday March 21, 2021
Photo gallery with Minister Shoigu
Putin roams the Siberian snow
It’s a new episode in a very, very long series: Russia’s President in the Wild. Again and again Putin can be photographed in nature. The pictures are a little less spectacular now, but image maintenance seems to be an important part of government work.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has recovered from the troubles of state business during a short trip into the Siberian snow. Together with his defense minister Sergei Shoigu, the 68-year-old spent the weekend in the seclusion of the taiga, as the Kremlin announced. The photos showed how the two politicians walk through snow-covered forests and look out for wild animals with binoculars.
Putin also got behind the wheel of an off-road vehicle and drove it through the winter landscape with a smile. In contrast to Putin’s earlier excursions, this time the two men were dressed in warm clothes and traditional Russian boots.
The excursion also took Putin to the Schoigus tinkering room, where he makes woodwork in his free time. The president’s physical well-being was also taken care of: Putin and Shoigu sat down at a rustic wooden table and feasted in the open air.
In the past, Putin had repeatedly had himself photographed on excursions into the taiga and displayed his well-trained body. For example, the Kremlin distributed pictures of Putin fishing or how the president tans his bare chest.